Back Alley’s new brewer has big plans for the Draft House

As noted in a recent edition of The Week Ahead in Beer, Back Alley Draft House has bid adieu to brewer Addison Poth, who is headed for San Diego. While it’s always sad to see a good brewer depart, it’s one of those “the king is dead, long live the king!” moments as the torch…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Drink a pint, help the kids … no seriously

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the reunified edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and one newcomer down in Socorro also joining the party. We tried hard to keep the state edition going, but without…

Say guten tag to Heimat House and its big German beer list

Every year the various “best of ABQ” restaurant polls come out, all with some variation of “what style of restaurant would you like to see here?” Personally, I put down “German” every year, but the hipsters always want Ethiopian, because they’re hipsters and German is so 19th Century or something like that. (Oh, go cry…

Beer Notes: There is not enough time this weekend

So I usually try to keep Beer Notes limited to once a week, but this weekend screamed out for some sort of preview. Originally we were going to have a sneak preview of Heimat House, the new German restaurant/brewpub in the Northeast Heights, but they got just a bit busy preparing for their grand opening…

Bacon plus beer equalled many happy people

I attended the Southwest Bacon Fest at the Balloon Park this past Saturday. Normally, I might not write up any information on a bacon festival for a beer website. However, quite a few local breweries were there. And goodness, many of those beers went so well with the bacon food items. In particular, I had…

Recapping the Oktoberfiesta fun in pictures

This past Saturday, as promised (or as warned), I attended Santa Fe Brewing Co.’s grand swingin’ shindig, Oktoberfiesta, and it was a perfect end to a great festival season. Now let me begin by saying that Stoutmeister had told me that I didn’t have to work because it was my birthday, and so it was…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Farewell to a good brewing friend

Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the reunified edition of The Week Ahead in Beer. This column covers all the breweries in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, with Santa Fe’s four breweries and one newcomer down in Socorro also joining the party. We tried hard to keep the state edition going, but without…

Be one of the “300” in Los Alamos

Okay, the “300” we’re referring to aren’t those ol’ Greeks with their ripped abs and crazy blood-lust.  These “300” are you, gentle readers, with keg-abs and wacky beer-lust! The Los Alamos Beer Co-op (LABC) is making its final push to recruit members and get the funds necessary to open up their brewery and taproom. Much progress has…

Beer Notes: The quiet time is upon us

Put away those sample glasses. Don’t worry about what’s being served. Festival season for 2014 is over (well, save for one event, see below) and as such, the beer news is grinding (almost) to a halt. It’s the quiet period, which usually lasts from now through the holidays, and it can be maddening for a…

Something wicked (fun) this way comes: Oktoberfiesta is back

As I was driving home from Red River’s Oktoberfest last Sunday, I had a couple questions on my mind. How much Oktoberfest is too much Oktoberfest? And can anyone really have too much Oktoberfest in their lives? The answers that I came up with were thus: “too much” is too broad of a statement, and…